George Elmaraghy, the Ohio EPA water regulator forced out by Gov. John Kasich, said he wants to stay on the job and was threatened with termination if he did not sign a retirement notice, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The group Environment Ohio visited a church with an energy-efficient lighting system that has saved thousands of dollars as part of its effort to press lawmakers to maintain current standards for renewable energy and efficiency, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Todd Snitchler, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was the keynote speaker at a 2011 meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that opposes renewable energy requirements. Snitchler recently opposed plans for a solar farm in his state, The Associated Press reports.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler has been a frequent critic of renewable energy on his Twitter feed, sharing no positive thoughts in more than 1,000 tweets from the past year. Snitchler and his agency ruled against a new solar-energy project last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Ohio lawmakers are not likely to implement changes to its energy-efficiency rules for utilities until next year at the earliest, despite arguments from power company FirstEnergy about the added cost for consumers, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
A spokesman says Toyota, with plans to start selling a hydrogen fuel cell car in the U.S. this year, will press Congress to give buyers a tax credit for purchasing one, as well as seeking government assistance to get more hydrogen filling stations operating, a plan already proposed but then withdrawn by Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., as an amendment to the Keystone XL approval bill, National Journal reports.
In a move that’s drawn opposition from political figures including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and new Sen. Joni Ernst, both Republican, Des Moines Water Works, struggling to cope with unsafe levels of nitrate in the rivers it draws on, has served notice on three agricultural counties upstream that it will sue to impose restrictions on nitrates from runoff, E&E reports.
The record U.S. crude exports of 502,000 barrels a day in November -– most of which went to Canada -- shattered an old mark set back in the 1950s, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, Platts reports.
At one point March natural gas futures hit a 28-month low of $2.695 per million British thermal units during trading on the Nymex Thursday, the drop prompted by word from the Energy Information Administration of a smaller-than-expected storage drop of 94 billion cubic feet last week, Platts reports.
Calling the proposal unrealistic and asking that its implementation be delayed, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. and chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, warned that Obama administration moves targeting DOT-111 tank cars have the potential to disrupt the U.S. rail network, USA Today reports.
The Department of Energy would manage if Congress were to impose a time limit on its reviews of LNG export applications, Assistant Secretary Christopher Smith told Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at a hearing Thursday, The Hill reports.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. said it posted a loss of more than $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter, compared to a $1.64 billion profit during the period a year earlier, hit by the drop in prices for oil and natural gas liquids, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Valero Energy Corp. attributed results that beat analysts’ expectations to better margins, although the refiner reported a slight dip in fourth quarter net income -- to $1.2 billion – compared to the period a year earlier, FuelFix reports.
Oil was little changed early Thursday, following a dramatic drop the day before that had been triggered by news of a big build in U.S. crude stockpiles. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery was up 8 cents to $44.53 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 34 cents to $48.81, Bloomberg reports.